Fennel & Jicama Slaw

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Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Summer’s coming. This means a lot of things for The Mouse House, not the least of which is a lot more barbecue. Now, I like my barbecue more on the melt-your-face-off-hot side of things. This slaw is cool, crisp, and oh-so-refreshing�making it a great counterpoint to any kind of spicy food.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

(Looking for another easy summer salad? Try my Classic Cucumber Salad, which is creamier and just as easy to prepare.)

What the heck is a jicama?

Also known as the Mexican potato or yam bean, jicama (pronounced “hi-ka-ma”) has a texture that’s crunchy and fresh, kind of like an apple, pear, or water chestnut. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Whole jicama

The dressing for this slaw is light and mild, as well. Make the slaw a day in advance to let the orange flavor in the vinaigrette meld with the licorice notes of the fennel. If you want to add a little heat, toss in some red chili flakes.

How about that seasoned rice vinegar?

Yep, yep. Marukan is my favorite brand. Like the name implies, this rice vinegarClassic Cucumber Salad at The Hungry Mouse has been seasoned with a good balance of sugar and salt.

A slaw or not a slaw: That is the question

One last note. I’m not sure that this is *technically* a slaw or not, since it doesn’t contain cabbage. It’s slaw-like enough for me, though. So there you have it.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Fennel & Jicama Slaw

1 jicama
1 fennel
3 Tbls. olive oil
1 Tbls. seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 Tbls. orange juice
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper
red pepper flakes, optional, if you want a little heat
1 green onion, sliced into rings

Serves about 4 as a side salad

Fennel & Jicama Slaw: Prep the veggies

Peel the jicama with a vegetable peeler or a paring knife.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Slice it into thin rounds.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Stack them up.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Then slice them into matchsticks. Toss them into a mixing bowl.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Grab your fennel.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Cut the end and top off. You could use the stems and feathery greens in this salad, if you like. I like to just use the bulb and save the top for making stock.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Whack the fennel bulb in half with a sharp knife.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Slice each half thinly, like this:

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Toss the fennel pieces into your mixing bowl with the jicama.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Fennel & Jicama Slaw: Make the dressing

Put the olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk it together until the ingredients thicken up and are fairly uniform. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Toss in some chili flakes now, if you like.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Fennel & Jicama Slaw: Dress, toss, and serve!

When you’re happy with the dressing, pour it over your chopped veggies.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Toss the veggies with your hands or two wooden spoons to distribute the dressing.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Garnish with chopped green onion.

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

Serve and enjoy!

Fennel & Jicama Slaw at The Hungry Mouse

 

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

13 COMMENTS

  1. okay this is the first time I've ever heard of jicama! it sounds like an alien veggie from another planet haha :) I'm definitely going to be on the look out for jicama.
  2. Perfect timing! We're going to grill jerk spiced chicken tonight. I already planned on picking up some plantains but was wondering what other side to serve. You just answered my question :)
  3. The Hungry Mouse Strikes Again! I always saw the Jicamas in the produce section but never knew what to do with it! Thanks for the inspiration! And this is the high time for fennel! Cheers! Gabi.

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